Feud in the Icelandic Saga Book

Feud in the Icelandic Saga


  • Author : Jesse L. Byock
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1993-03-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 0520082591

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Feud in the Icelandic Saga Book Description :

Byock sees the crucial element in the origin of the Icelandic sagas not as the introduction of writing or the impact of literary borrowings from the continent but the subject of the tales themselves - feud. This simple thesis is developed into a thorough examination of Icelandic society and feud, and of the narrative technique of recounting it.

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga Book
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The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga


  • Author : Margaret Clunies Ross
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781139492645

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The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Icelandic Saga Book Description :

The medieval Norse-Icelandic saga is one of the most important European vernacular literary genres of the Middle Ages. This Introduction to the saga genre outlines its origins and development, its literary character, its material existence in manuscripts and printed editions, and its changing reception from the Middle Ages to the present time. Its multiple sub-genres - including family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas and sagas of knights - are described and discussed in detail, and the world of medieval Icelanders is powerfully evoked. The first general study of the Old Norse-Icelandic saga to be written in English for some decades, the Introduction is based on up-to-date scholarship and engages with current debates in the field. With suggestions for further reading, detailed information about the Icelandic literary canon, and a map of medieval Iceland, this book is aimed at students of medieval literature and assumes no prior knowledge of Scandinavian languages.

The Icelandic Saga Book

The Icelandic Saga


  • Author : Peter Hallberg
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 1962-01-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 0803250827

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The Icelandic Saga Book Description :

In this stimulating and reliable introduction to the Icelandic saga, Peter Hallberg correctly designates the genre as "Scandinavia's sole, collective original contribution to world literature." These prose narratives dating from the thirteenth century are characterized by a psychological realism which sets them apart from all other contemporary forms of European literature. Mr. Hallberg's emphasis is on the branch of saga literature which deals with the native heroes--with the settlement of Iceland by Norse chieftains and with the lives of these settlers and their descendants. After disposing of the controversial "free-prose" theory of the origin and transmission of these stories, the author treats such problems as style and character portrayal, dreams and destinies, values and ideals, humor and irony. Several of the major sagas are studied in some detail. The concluding discussion concerns the decline of saga writing and the role played by the Sagas in modern Scandinavian life and literature. Paul Schach's introduction and copious annotation furnish additional background material and bibliographical references to English translations of the individual sagas and to significant studies on the major problems of saga research. Although intended primarily for the layman, The Icelandic Saga is of value to the specialist since it judiciously evaluates and incorporates the revolutionary findings of the so-called "Icelandic school" of saga study.

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas  1180 1280  Book

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas 1180 1280


  • Author : Theodore Murdock Andersson
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 080144408X

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The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas 1180 1280 Book Description :

Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.

William Morris and the Icelandic Sagas Book

William Morris and the Icelandic Sagas


  • Author : Ian Felce
  • Publisher : D. S. Brewer
  • Release Date : 2018-05-18
  • Genre: Heroes in literature
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 1843845016

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William Morris and the Icelandic Sagas Book Description :

An examination of how greatly the sagas and other literature of Iceland shaped the poems of William Morris.

The Icelandic Sagas Book

The Icelandic Sagas


  • Author : Magnús Magnússon
  • Publisher : CUP Archive
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Iceland
  • Pages : 809
  • ISBN 10 :

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The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas Book

The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas


  • Author : William Pencak
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9051838352

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The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas Book Description :

The world's longest lasting republic between ancient Rome and modern Switzerland, medieval Iceland (c. 870-1262) centered its national literature, the great family sagas, around the problem of can a republic survive and do justice to its inhabitants. The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas takes a semiotic approach to six of the major sagas which depict a nation of free men, abetted by formidable women, testing conflicting legal codes and principles - pagan v. Christian, vengeance v. compromise, monarchy v. republicanism, courts v. arbitration. The sagas emerge as a body of great literature embodying profound reflections on political and legal philosophy because they do not offer simple solutions, but demonstrate the tragic choices facing legal thinkers (Njal), warriors (Gunnar), outlaws (Grettir), women (Gudrun of Laxdaela Saga), priests (Snorri of Eyrbyggja Saga), and the Icelandic community in its quest for stability and a good society. Guest forewords by Robert Ginsberg and Roberta Kevelson, set the book in the contexts of philosophy, semiotics, and Icelandic studies to which it contributes.

The Sagas of the Icelanders Book
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The Sagas of the Icelanders


  • Author : Jane Smiley
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2005-02-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141933269

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The Sagas of the Icelanders Book Description :

In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas Book
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Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas


  • Author : Gwyn Jones
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 0192835300

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Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas Book Description :

Selected by Gwyn Jones - the eminent Celtic scholar - for their excellence and variety, these nine Icelandic sagas include "Hen-Thorir," "The Vapnfjord Men," "Thorstein Staff-Struck," "Hrafnkel the Priest of Prey," "Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew," "Authun and the Bear," "Gunnlaug Wormtongue," "King Hrolf and his Champions," and the title piece.

The Vinland Sagas Book

The Vinland Sagas


  • Author : Leifur Eiricksson
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2019-05-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141991559

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The Vinland Sagas Book Description :

The Saga of the Greenlanders and Eirik the Red’s Saga contain the first ever descriptions of North America, a bountiful land of grapes and vines, discovered by Vikings five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Written down in the early thirteenth century, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and Eirik’s son Leif the Lucky’s perilous voyages to explore it. Wrecked by storms, stricken by disease and plagued by navigational mishaps, some survived the North Atlantic to pass down this compelling tale of the first Europeans to talk with, trade with, and war with the Native Americans.